Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.
Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend in L.A. (January 5-7) includes Second City’s Annual Open House, All Space Considered, a No Pants Metro Ride, the LA Chocolate Festival, Al Gore at The Hammer, and MUCH more.
Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.
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Friday January 5th, 2018
1. ‘The Garden’ is a new series by the LA Phil offering complimentary pre-concert drinks and views of the DTLA Skyline followed by masterful performances. Taking place on select Fridays starting January 5 through June 1. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase to the actual concert. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
2. Greenbar Distillery will host their popular cocktail class this Friday. The theme is “Fresh Produce,” guests will get to experiment with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs along with a variety of Greenbar organic liquors. Must be a member to sign up for classes, membership is free.
3. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE
4. The Smell is having a weekend-long celebration for their 20th anniversary. Shows start at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with $15 tickets available online (or $20 at the door, unless it’s sold out).
5. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public every Wednesday and Friday. After yoga, checkout the many food trucks lining the park and grab lunch al fresco style.
6. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
7. Winter Fest continues at the OC Fairgrounds (Dec. 21 to Jan. 7) offering an all-new festival of lights, snow summit, winter bounce houses, outdoor ice skating, ice tubing, snowfall and the man of the season, Santa Claus. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. Discover the best in foreign-language cinema during the Golden Globe Nominees Series a week of special screenings from January 1–6 at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. In addition there will be free panel discussion with the filmmakers, at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday.
9. CHILL Adventure Park returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach from December 13 through January 7. Come experience ice bumper cars, ice skating, an Alpine Zip Line and more chill themed activities. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) Starting December 24, 2017 all Firefighters can show their badge at the ticketing booth for a free Grand Expedition pass, and up to 50% off Grand Expedition passes for their families as well.
10. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, LA Zoo Lights returns November 17 through January 7 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights glowing up the zoo. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. Happening this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018.
12. The Grand Chapiteau at Dodger Stadium will be home to Cirque du Soleil’s new big-top show LUZIA. Inspired by the rich culture Mexico, the dazzling acrobatic performance will be heightened by brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
13. The Rink in Downtown Burbank returns with a festive ice-skating event from December 14 through January 7. Check for discount tickets while supplies last. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
14. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.
15. Free admission at: Long Beach Museum of Art. FREE
Saturday January 6th, 2018
16. Open House at Second City Hollywood returns on Saturday for a fun-filled day of free comedy workshops and shows. FREE
17. The LA Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show comes to the Omni Hotel in DTLA with some of the best chocolatiers and pastry chefs in Los Angeles. Confectionery treats will be paired with the world’s top champagnes, wines and spirits. Check for discount tickets while supples last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
19. Bricks LA 2018 at Pasadena Convention Center (Jan. 6-7) will include over 13,000 square feet of custom made models, a play area for kids of all ages (adults included) and vendors selling new, used and vintage LEGO sets.
20. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
21. Old Pasadena Historical District is offering a walking excursion this Saturday.
Sunday January 7th, 2018
22. There’s a No Pants Metro Ride happening this Sunday. Get ready to join hundreds of fellow angelenos in this annual ride in our city’s public transit system… sans pants.
23. See former Vice President Al Gore engage in a Q&A about global warming after a screening of his latest film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, at The Hammer this Sunday.
24. Ring in the New Year and celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles during the Oshogatsu Family Festival a day of art, food, dance and more.
25. Spend the first Sunday of 2018 challenging your body and fitness during the New Year’s Race. Starting in Grand Park, the race features a 5K and a 10K race with a pre- and post-race festival. Highlights include vendor and sponsor booths, music, live art, food trucks and a beer and wine garden.
26. 7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week returns with over 40 restaurants and bars offering special cheeseburger items from January 7-12.
27. The 41st Annual Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention will take place at The Reef in DTLA and will feature stars from The Walking Dead, Riverdale and more.
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